In reply to a message from jimemac sent Sat 10 Sep 2011:
jimemac- I suppose that is your name?- Many of us use our first
names here, but that’s uop to you.
I believe the remark about a reputable shop is because there are
seldom actual reports of X-300 cats actually going bad. The OBD
low cat performance code is frequently set by a bad o2 sensor or
some other problem with the engine.
I did not offer my opinion originally, because you just asked where
to get catalytic converters, not what we thought might be wrong/
From your post, it sounds like the car actually failed on real
emmisions, asd measured, rather than on a code. Do you have a
check engine light? What codes? Any stored codes?. I have heard
that the Peoples Republic of California does not allow AutoZone or
other parts outlets read codes- It is allowed in the still free
states. If no codes, what failed the car? Was it NOx or CO?
And, YES, as a matter of fact, if the car is running rich, the cats
can be burning the excess fuel and can get quite hot. And that can
come from bad sensors. BTW, O2 sensor failures are rare for these
cars, too, but more often that cats.
Good luck. There is actually a good bit of good technical info on
this biard for X-300s (the fancy name for a MY 95 thru MY 97 XJ6).
Probably as much or more than many Jag shops which work on a large
variety of models.
Bad O2 sensors are diagnosed by using an OBD scanner, or even an
oscilloscope and monitoring the sensor voltage while the car is
running. Most of the time, a bad sensor will ‘‘throw a code’’ and
turn on the ‘‘check engine’’ light.
Have I explained any of this well enough to make sense so far?
And… good luck. Please keep us posted with any results.–
Ross - 89 XJS, 98 XJR, 99 XJR, 02 XJ8
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